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Romania proposes former FM Cristian Diaconescu for the position of Secretary General of OSCE

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Romania has advanced the candidature of ambassador Cristian Diaconescu for the position of Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a press release sent to CaleaEuropeană.ro.

The appointment of the OSCE Secretary General needs to gather consensus among the 57 states participants to the organisation and it will be formalised during the December Council of Ministers.

For this position there is also a candidacy from Germany, namely Helga Maria Schmid, the incumbent Secretary General of the European External Action Service.

The Secretary General of the organisation is appointed for a three years mandate with the possibility of extension for another three years. The role of the secretary general is both political and executive. The Secretary General acts as the representative of the Chairperson-in-Office and supports him/her in all activities aimed at fulfilling the goals of the OSCE; participates in the meetings of the OSCE Troika which includes the outgoing, current, and incoming Chairmanships; supports the process of political dialogue and negotiations among participating States; maintains close contacts with all OSCE delegations; provides early warning to the Permanent Council, in consultation with the Chairmanship, on any situation of emerging tensions or conflicts in the OSCE area and suggests possible options for timely and effective response after consulting the participating State(s) concerned; contributes to and participates in the debates on any of the agenda items of Permanent Council and Forum for Security Co-operation.

Ambassador Cristian Diaconescu is a career diplomat, former Minister of Foreign Affairs (for two terms), former Minister of Justice, with a consistent activity in the fields covered by the OSCE and who participated, from the beginning of his diplomatic career, in the evolution of the OSCE. The promotion of this candidacy demonstrates Romania’s interest and commitment to achieving the OSCE objectives in the areas that have established the Organization as a forum for collaboration and dialogue in areas such as security, democracy and human rights, economic and environmental cooperation. This candidacy reflects also Romania’s willingness to use, for the benefit of the OSCE, the experience and knowledge acquired within the Organization over time “, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also states.

If Mr. Diaconescu will be appointed, he will become the second Romanian diplomat with an important international position after Mircea Geoană was appointed Deputy Secretary General of NATO.

Cristian Diaconescu was Romania’s Foreign Minister during 2008-2009 and in 2012, after previously holding the position of Justice Minister during 2000-2004. He was also head of the Presidential Chancellery during Traian Băsescu’s second term.

He is currently the first vice-president of the People’s Movement Party.

Regarding his diplomatic activity, Cristian Diaconescu was chief negotiator for the Treaty on the Romanian-Ukrainian state border regime, for the Basic Political Treaty between Romania and the Russian Federation, for the Hungarian Law in Hungary’s neighboring states and Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Cooperation Economic in the Black Sea.

In his diplomatic career, Diaconescu has a rich experience with the OSCE. During 1997-1998, he served as Director of the OSCE Directorate for Cooperation with Subregional Structures in the MFA. Between 1996 and 1997 he was a diplomat in the OSCE Directorate of the MFA. Between 1995 and 1996 he was diplomat to the Permanent Mission of Romania to the International Organizations in Vienna, Deputy Head of Mission for the Political-Military and Security Fields of the OSCE. Between 1993 and 1995, he was the coordinator of the OSCE’s politico-military cooperation section in the MFA. Between 1990 and 1993 he was a diplomat in the Permanent Delegation, later the Permanent Mission of Romania to the OSCE.

With 57 States drawn from Europe, Central Asia and America, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is the world’s largest regional security organization, bringing comprehensive and co-operative security to a region that stretches from Vancouver to Vladivostok.

It offers a forum for political negotiations and decision-making in the fields of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation, and puts the political will of the participating States into practice through its unique network of field missions.

The OSCE approach to security is comprehensive and cooperative: comprehensive in dealing with a wide range of security-related issues including arms control, preventive diplomacy, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, democratization, election monitoring and economic and environmental security; cooperative in the sense that all OSCE participating States have equal status. Decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

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MEP Vasile Blaga: Commission’s centralised approach on procuring COVID-19 vaccines shows us the advantage of Romania’s membership of the European Union

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Commission’s centralised approach on procuring COVID-19 vaccines shows us the advantage of Romania’s membership of the European Union, said MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) in a statement for CaleaEuropeană.ro.

He emphasized tha membership of the European Union ”helps us to return to a normal life as soon as possible, through vaccination, but also to overcome the COVID-19 crisis”.

”I cannot help noticing that regarding the COVID-19 crisis, European Union has address the needs of the Member States. I am talking about UE’s centralised approach on procuring COVID-19 vaccines, not only about EU’s budget and COVID-19 recovery package. European Commission approved a contract with pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer, which provides for the purchase of 300 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States and, last week, Ursula von der Leyen announced that European Commission approved a sixth contract under the EU Vaccines Strategy, this time with the pharmaceutical company Moderna, which provides for the purchase of 160 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. It is a clear signal that the European Union is determined to firmly manage the COVID-19 pandemic, unitary and determined”, explained the MEP Vasile Blaga.

The European Commission approved on November 25 a sixth contract under the EU Vaccines Strategy, this time with the pharmaceutical company Moderna, the Commission said in a statement.

The contract provides for the initial purchase of 80 million doses on behalf of all EU member states, plus an option to request up to a further 80 million doses, to be supplied once a vaccine has proven to be safe and effective against Covid-19.

The contract with Moderna will enlarge the already broad portfolio of vaccines to be produced in Europe, including the contracts signed with AstraZeneca, Sanofi-GSK, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, BioNTech-Pfizer and the contract approved with CureVac.

This diversified vaccines portfolio will ensure Europe is well prepared for vaccination, once the vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective.

Romania’s finance minister Florin Citu said on November 25 that the ministry has made a 12 million euro ($14.27 million) advance payment to the European Commission for COVID-19 vaccines.

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S&D Group and MEP Victor Negrescu host an international conference on the future EU budget and the European Recovery Plan (LIVE, 19th November, 11:00)

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The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament is organizing on Thursday, at the initiative of MEP Victor Negrescu (PSD, S&D), an international conference on the future European budget and on the economic recovery plan.

The conference, which will start at 11:00 (Bucharest time) and will be broadcast LIVE on CaleaEuropeană.ro, is an invitation to dialogue on how European funds should be used at European and national level.

At the conference organized with the support of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats on the future EU Budget and the European recovery plan, the European Commissioner for Budgets, Johannes Hahn, will address a video message. Also, among the participants will be Margarida Marques, MEP and rapporteur of the S&D Group for the future multi-annual budget, Dan Nica, leader of the Romanian Delegation to the S&D Group, Radu Magdin, study coordinator, Roxana Mînzatu, member of the Romanian Parliament, European funds expert and former Minister of European Funds, and Adrian Câciu, economic analyst.

In order to set out these objectives, the S&D MEP Victor Negrescu initiated a complete and complex study on the impact of the European relaunch plan on Romania and the identification of development objectives that the progressive group in the European Parliament will support at the level of the European institution.

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Dacian Cioloș, Renew Europe’s leader: Maia Sandu’s remarkable victory, clear proof that the Republic of Moldova’s future lies in Europe

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The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament welcomes the preliminary results of the presidential elections in the Republic of Moldova and congratulates Maia Sandu for becoming the first woman elected to the highest-ranking position of the state, the third largest EP political group says in a press release.

Maia Sandu’s pro-European agenda and her determination to tackle corruption and unite the country are the key elements of her emphatic victory over the pro-Russia President Igor Dodon.

The President of Renew Europe Group, Dacian Cioloș (USR PLUS, Romania), said:

“Maia Sandu’s remarkable victory in the presidential elections is clear proof that the Republic of Moldova’s future lies in Europe. Through their vote, the citizens of Moldova endorsed the consolidation of democratic institutions and practices, the strengthening of the rule of law and the fight against corruption as national priorities for the years to come. It won’t be an easy path, but I am confident that with the full support of the European Union, including Renew Europe group, Moldova will get gradually closer to European values, develop its economy and ensure prosperity for its citizens.”

Renew Europe MEP, Dragoş Tudorache (USR PLUS, Romania), the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Moldova, added:

“Just as Maia Sandu’s victory is a landmark for the democratic evolution of the Republic of Moldova, her mission is equally historic, challenging, but also transformative for the whole society. If this transformation succeeds, if this mission is successful, Maia Sandu may be the one bringing the Republic of Moldova closer to the European Union than it has ever been.

The reform agenda, which Maia Sandu embraced decisively already as a Prime Minister, requires political will, expertise and financial support. We, the European partners of the Republic of Moldova, shall stand by Maia Sandu in the ambitious mandate entrusted by the Moldovan people, whether it is the fight against corruption, institutional reforms, the reconstruction of public administrations, or to increase the economic exchanges with the EU.”  

Renew Europe MEP Ramona Strugariu, (USR PLUS, Romania), Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, commented:

“Maia Sandu’s victory is in fact the victory of a courageous, visionary and European Republic of Moldova, determined to fight for the values in which it believes. I am convinced that the first woman President in the country’s history will be able to steer firmly the Republic of Moldova towards European integration. It will not be an easy path, but we will support the country every step of the way in order to bring it in the European Union.”

MEP Hilde Vautmans (Open Vld, Belgium), Renew Europe Group’s Coordinator in the Foreign Affairs Committee, concluded:

“I congratulate Maia Sandu for this well-deserved victory, which will strengthen ties between the EU and Moldova and it will increase Moldova’s role in the Eastern Partnership. We must keep fighting for what brings us together in the benefit of Moldovan citizens.”

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